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Comment: Re:Ads (Score 1) 326

by Stormy Dragon (#47910515) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Thus, it's a 1B premium, meaning that they value the profits per year for the following years at 150-160M, which is very easy to reach with that license.

Is it? Minecraft has doesn't really have characters, game universe, lore, etc. that would emotionally tie players to that specific product line. All it has is a concept, and you can't IP a game concept to prevent competitors from making their own sandbox building games.

Comment: Value is Not Intrinsic (Score 1) 896

by Stormy Dragon (#47902243) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

The problem is that value is not intrinsic, so it necessarily ends up varying from person to person in a largely arbitrary way. Attempts by atheists to universalize value invariably end up just creating a new god like "humanity" or "progress" that serves the exact same function as a traditional religion, merely in a more subtle fashion.

Comment: Re:China comparison... (Score 1) 341

Well, it's good to see the Chinese government's censors are here to keep us informed about what this week's official lie is. Meanwhile in the real world, anyone discussing forbidding topics online risks arrest for "spreading rumors":

Teenager becomes first person arrested under China's new anti-gossip law

Comment: Re:could've sworn this was not the case (Score 5, Informative) 130

That's the schools PR spin, but it's undermined by the fact the policy itself specifically says it applies to students:

Northern Illinois University information technology resources, including the electronic communications network (NIUnet) on the NIU campus and off-campus education and research centers, computers attached to this network, and any associated computational resource or service are for the use of persons affiliated with Northern Illinois University, including faculty, staff, emeritus personnel, and students in good standing. Information technology resources are provided by the university to further the university's mission of research, instruction, and public service. The use of these resources should be consistent with this mission, this policy, and the University’s other use, security policies, and other applicable regulations including the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (SOEEA). Pursuant to the NIU Electronic Mail policy, the email system may be utilized for personal messages subject to the limitations set forth in these and other applicable policies and to the extent that personal usage does not interfere with assigned responsibilities. By using NIU services, all individuals, including, but not limited to, employees, students, customers, volunteers, and third parties, unconditionally accept the terms of this policy.

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